The contributors to this book have drawn on different mentors to provide a framework for understanding the sexual problems of the couples they see, and to inform the work they do. But whether Freud, Jung, Klein or Bowlby has been the progenitor of their own particular therapeutic narrative, the spirit of enquiry and curiosity is evident in their approach. This has created space to explore the dimensions of sex, love, hate and power in ways that allow the facts of life to emerge and be discovered as something unique and authentic to each couple. It has also created a platform from which new understandings may emerge to inform practice in the future.

chapter One|23 pages

Psychoanalysis and sexpertise

ByBrett Kahr

chapter Two|20 pages

What do we mean by “sex”?

ByWarren Colman

chapter Three|17 pages

Lively and deathly intercourse

ByFrancis Grier

chapter Four|12 pages

Separated attachments and sexual aliveness

BySusie Orbach

chapter Five|27 pages

Dynamics and disorders of sexual desire

ByChristopher Clulow, Maureen Boerma

chapter Six|16 pages

Sexual dread and the therapist’s desire

BySusanna Abse

chapter Seven|22 pages

Loss of desire and therapist dread

BySandy Rix, Avi Shmueli

chapter Eight|23 pages

Loss of desire: a psycho-sexual case study

ByLaura Green, Jane Seymour

chapter Nine|20 pages

Power vs. love in sadomasochistic couple relationships

ByDavid Hewison

chapter Ten|14 pages

From fear of intimacy to perversion

ByMary Morgan, Judith Freedman

chapter Eleven|17 pages

Perversion as protection

ByJoanna Rosenthall

chapter Twelve|20 pages

Intimacy and sexuality in later life

ByAndrew Balfour